The original Whole Foods Market store was opened in Austin, Texas on September 20, 1980 by four people - current CEO John Mackey, Rene Lawson Hardy, Craig Weller and Mark Skiles. Prior to that Weller and Skiles had owned a Clarksville Natural Grocery and Mackey and Hardy had owned a health food store called SaferWay, where they also lived and bathed using the kitchen's Hobart dishwasher. Since that first opening, Whole Foods Company has acquired 15 businesses and retail chains as part of its expansion to the Whole Foods Market grocery chain that is known today.
Whole Foods Markets Headquarters Headquarters:
The headquarters of the Whole Foods Company is located where the company began, in Austin, Texas.
The Mission Statement of the Whole Foods Company and Whole Foods Markets Grocery Stores:
The mission statement of the Whole Foods Company and Whole Foods Markets begins with its motto, which is...
"Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"
The Whole Foods mission explains and defines what that motto means. This mission explanation includes...
"Whole Foods - We obtain our products locally and from all over the world, often from small, uniquely dedicated food artisans.
Whole People - We recruit the best people we can to become part of our team. We empower them to make their own decisions, creating a respectful workplace where people are treated fairly and are highly motivated to succeed.
Whole Planet - We recognize the connection between our lives, our communities and the environment."
The Whole Foods Motto and Mission are further defined by a list of Core Values which guide the decisions and actions of employees in all job positions every day. The Whole Foods Core Values define how Whole Foods leaders and employees interact with their products, customers, employee team, shareholders, communities, suppliers, and align everyone behind the mission of improving health in general.
The Whole Foods Quality Standards clearly define what's important when making decisions about the Whole Foods product mix. For more details about the Whole Foods Motto, Mission, Core Values and Quality Standards, click here.
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